The Chiba Lotte Marines are reportedly interested in bringing Tsuyoshi Nishioka back.
Said Lotte official Nobuhira Hayashi, "We will take a forward-thinking approach. We are still in the process of checking things out, but [Nishioka] is a player that came out of our organization and I think he is a good player. A part of me would like to welcome him back. ... He was a core player and was also a captain. We are looking into him."
The Hanshin Tigers are also interested in the twenty-eight-year-old infielder.